Toilet brush

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Modern toilet brush made with silicon polymer

A toilet brush is a tool for cleaning a toilet bowl.


Generally the toilet brush is used with toilet cleaner or bleach. The toilet brush can be used to clean the upper area of the toilet, around the bowl. [1] However, it cannot be used to clean very far into the toilet's U-bend and should not be used to clean the toilet seat. [2]

In many cultures it is considered impolite to clean away biological debris without the use of chemical toilet cleaning products, as this can leave residue on the bristles. By contrast, others consider it impolite not to clean away biological debris immediately using the toilet brush. [3]

A typical toilet brush consists of a hard bristled end, usually with a rounded shape and a long handle. Today toilet brushes are commonly made of plastic, but were originally made of wood with pig bristles or from the hair of horses, oxen, squirrels and badgers. [4] The brush is typically stored in a holder, but in some cases completely hidden in a tube.

An electric toilet brush is a little different from a normal toilet brush. The bristles are fastened on the rotor of a motor which works similar to an electric tooth brush. The power supply is attached without any metal contact via electromagnetic induction.

In recent years, there has been a general shift in design with a new emphasis on ergonomically designed brushes. Further design enhancements have included innovative holders that snap shut around the bristled end, thereby preventing the release of smells, germs and other unpleasantries. [5]

Further development of the traditional toilet brush focus on the risk of germ incubation within the brush holder. A toilet brush has been patented which introduces a reservoir of anti-bacterial fluid, allowing the brush to be dipped and sanitized after each use. [6]

The first successful artificial Christmas tree was made from brush bristles by Addis using the same machinery used to manufacture its toilet brushes. [7] The trees were made from the same animal-hair bristles used in the brushes, except they were dyed green. [8] [9]

Recent developments

In recent years many new products aiming to reinvent the traditional toilet brush have emerged to the market.

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Protester holding a golden toilet brush

The toilet brush became one of the symbols [13] of the widespread [14] Russian protests in support of Alexei Navalny [15] that took place in January 2021. An investigation [16] led by the Anti-Corruption Foundation suggested that each of the toilet brushes at the alleged personal residence of President Vladimir Putin cost about 700. [17]

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